Asked on Mar 08, 2016

Plywood floor- can I put on top of the carpets?

Sebnem Eralp
by Sebnem Eralp
I recently moved to an old Victorian Converted Flat . To my horror, I was told that I must keep it carpeted due to noise issues happened in the past. I offered to put sound proofing material but the answer was still no .
I have never lived with carpets and the idea is dreading me. Than I thought , if I don't remove the carpets, but put plywood on top of carpets and do whatever afterwards, technically I shall be ok . Does anybody fixed plywood on top of existing carpets? How did this hold up ? Thanks for your answers.
  8 answers
  • Trish Davenport Trish Davenport on Mar 08, 2016
    Please don't even attempt to do that. Ask if you can replace the entire floor at your cost. If that is what you must do then just ask the owners. I think if you approach your owner with a clear plan they might reconsider. Good Luck
  • Pat Moran Pat Moran on Mar 08, 2016
    depends on how plush the carpets are...if plush, there would be too much movement of the plywood. You perhaps could use a laminate "floating" snap-in floor, but be prepared for movement. Anything you put on top of a material as thick as carpet, will not stay together.
    • Geg2799918 Geg2799918 on Mar 08, 2016
      @Pat Moran Laminate on top of carpet is a BIG no-no, it won't hold together with that much "give" under it.
  • Barbara Barbara on Mar 08, 2016
    I agree with the other comments, if even a trace of moisture slips between the seams of a plywood floor, it could conceivably create a mold issue. Work this out with the owner, they might be able to come up with a solution that you can live with.
  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 08, 2016
    You could use jute rug or canvas rug over the carpet and if it's large enough it could be stapeled down.
  • Sheryl J. Wykes Sheryl J. Wykes on Mar 08, 2016
    I would either use large area rugs, you can make area rugs out of vinyl, looked good! Iwould suggest plywood and paint it, yes it looks wonderful! But I ask a contractor or someone you know about the mold problem.
  • Brenda Ebert Meyer Brenda Ebert Meyer on Mar 08, 2016
    Don't even try to put flooring on top of carpet. There will be way to much flex and give - even with plywood. There are some sound dampening underlayments made of cork or rubber to limit noise transmission under wood or tile flooring but it sounds like you have been told no on that already, so I think you may be stuck. Carpet may be a pain to keep clean, but here in the states, we use Scotchguard to protect it (once it is cleaned and dry) and a good vaccuum.
  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 08, 2016
    I know it's not wood but jute rug over the carpet could give a cleaner look.
  • Sebnem Eralp Sebnem Eralp on Mar 14, 2016
    Thank you to all replied. I in the end decided against covering carpets with plywood and buy new wall to wall carpets.Not ideal solution but it seems no any other option that will not create any more issues.